St. Getreu, Bamberg: Trinitarieraltar

Posted by MadScientist (Düsseldorf, Germany) on 21 January 2010 in Art & Design.

This is the altar of Bamberg's confraternity of Trinitarians. This Catholic order, founded in 1198, has a special dedication to the mystery of the Holy Trinity and is known for its founding-intention of ransoming captured Christians during the crusades (Wikipedia). Many references to the history of this order can be seen here: instead of the altarpiece we can see the calling vision of St John of Matha. It shows an angel with the blue-red cross of the Trinitarian order who cup his hands around a prisoner and a slave. Above him the depiction of trinity with God Father, Christ, and the eye of God; at the angel's feet a stag drinking from a font (also a vision of Felix of Valois). John and Felix are flanking the altar.

I'm a bit occupied these days, I'll visit you soon.

Céline from New York City, United States

Great detail !

21 Jan 2010 5:19am

@Céline: Figure size ca. 50-80 cm.

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

Precious details. Thanks for showing.

21 Jan 2010 11:05am

@António Pires: Cheers, António!

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Altar really nice with beautiful details.

21 Jan 2010 12:06pm

@Nazzareno: Many thanks, Nazzareno!

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Beautiful details.

21 Jan 2010 1:13pm

@akarui: So many of them! These figures are very lively.

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Very nice intricate detailing.

21 Jan 2010 1:58pm

@Curly: These figures are really lively and beautiful; this shot doesn't do them justice.

B.Held from Santa Fe, United States

beautiful gold!

21 Jan 2010 3:19pm

@B.Held: These altars are identification markers of their benefactors, so the more ornate, the better.

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

wow.. that looks incredible rich ( and expensive ) . Fabulous find and shot .

21 Jan 2010 3:26pm

@MARIANA: Expensive is right, usually many donators were needed for building such an altar.

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

incredible detail & warmth MS!

21 Jan 2010 5:40pm

@Ted: I really like these sculptures.

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Great clarity and color in this capture. Well composed and framed.

21 Jan 2010 8:21pm

@Steven: Thanks very much!

Michael from Shell Village, United Kingdom

I am startled by this shot MS...... in two places I can see the Masonic triangle and the 'all seeing eye'. It has been stated in the conspiracy theory, that the vatican is part of the conspiracy.

21 Jan 2010 9:33pm

@Michael: Forget the freemasons - they were founded in the Age of Enlightenment, and in this church we are miles away from this. The Eye of Providence is actually age-old.

Roman from Thunder Bay, Canada

Oh man !! this is one glorious shot !!
Although I'm not a religious person, it does bring the childhood memories from the old country.... Love it, thanks !!!


22 Jan 2010 1:09am

@Roman: Glad you like it, Roman. Make yourself at home.

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

I keep rolling the shot up and down and thinking of all the WORK that went into making this altar! There were times when people were busy with their hands, making useful things and things of beauty!!! WE no longer have that time anymore, WE are constantly BUSY.....with what..I wonder at times (?) Those people left something behind, the SOMETHING that we admire today, centuries after......WHAT are WE going to leave behind us ?!

22 Jan 2010 4:53am

@Japanalia: You don't expect an answer here, do you? :-) But you are very right: rich people of today usually don't build museums, castles, cathedrals etc. any more. So the money is missing. Then it must be said that the spiritual desires of many people changed: spirituality has replaced faith and has become a more individual phenomenon. But when everybody celebrates his own little religion, there is no need for central places of worship. And then there are people who aren't interested in non-material things at all. You are right with your statement that we are constantly busy: this is the best method to ignore any questions that go beyond the material world and questions of meaning and relevance. Our common system wants us to consume and to work, that doesn't permit any time for everything else.

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States


22 Jan 2010 9:31pm

@Twelvebit: Yes, these figures are very lively and fresh.

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

Thank you very much for your comment to my comment, Manfred! I enjoyed reading it! You always say things that matter!

26 Jan 2010 4:21am

@Japanalia: Many thanks, Gabriela! You know, this is the place where you can speak frankly. :-)


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